Her spring/summer collection was again inspired by the countryside, but with elements of nostalgia, drawing on childhood memories of life in the countryside of Moldova, as well as her wider experiences of nature.
As the focal point of her designs, she selected the poppy; a flower which seemed to be symbolic of many aspects of modern life. This bright and beautiful flower appears so fragile but is capable of not only surviving but flourishing in the harshest of conditions.
This became even more appropriate in March this year, where the world was changed beyond imagination, and lockdown seemed to bring to an end many of the pleasures which we had previously enjoyed.
The poppy is a symbol of endurance in the most difficult of times, even when there is no end in sight and a reminder that beauty can still be found there. Maria drew the poppies herself, and this was then printed onto cotton.
Her colour choices were informed by this idea of being bold, using base colours of vibrant reds, blues and purples as the background to her hand-drawn poppies, and these fabrics were then used to produce the signature pieces of her collection, in both dresses and blouse and skirt combinations.
These were complemented with continued use of the pastel organic silks, made into a light and summery dresses and skirts that were suitable for any occasion, as well as pantsuits for a more formal look.
Her upcoming collection continues to combine tweeds with silk accents, producing classic pieces with a playful edge that stand out in any situation. In particular, she has played with detachable silk collars, which can be worn underneath the jackets’ tweed collars to provide an additional colour contrast to the tweed and to complement the other elements of the outfit to create a bold effect.
These can also be purchased separately, with beaded edging, to be worn on top of dresses, tops, blouses or jumpers to accentuate outfits and achieve the desired look.
She has also expanded her offering with a range of silk dresses, designed to be wearable at any event, including special occasions, such as weddings. They are conservatively but fashionably styled, so as to create the right sort of impact in any setting.
These can also be accessorised with a range of silk scarves in three colours, printed with bold polka dot patterns which are designed to be equally versatile, adding the final flourish to any outfit.